Tuesday, October 6, 2015

September: The Month of Soybean Harvest

The past month we have been very busy in the field.  The first half of the month I spent most of my days doing tillage work on our winter and spring wheat fields that had been harvested the month prior.  Those make for some long days going back and forth down the field, except for when the rolling baskets pick up something like a rock or tree branch and I have to get out of the tractor cab and figure out the problem.

One rock can become a pesky problem with this equipment.

The last half of September we are always combining soybeans.  This year, a lot of our soybeans were planted in various fields near our home, so the boys had a lot of fun checking in on each day's activities - either after school or all day on the weekends.

The farmers-in-training learning from their dad.

Harvest went at a very fast pace this year due to the dry weather conditions and a new combine.  Typical soybean harvest weather conditions are cool and cloudy, with a small rain shower here and there to give a break every couple of days.

That was not the case this year.  Most of September had warm and sunny weather.  Even into early October and we haven't had a freeze yet!  Soybean harvest was complete on October 4th, which isn't the month of September, but it may as well have been.  We were pleased with the results, and even surprised at some.

Harvesting soybeans has been great due to this weather and combine!

These soybeans were completely hailed out in a terrible storm at the end of June.  All that remained were the bottom leaves.  We were skeptical that the plants would survive and produce a good crop, but it was too late to reseed when considering the costs involved...so we left them.

The plants rebounded and grew so that later in the growing season you would have never known they were damaged in the storm.  Soybeans are able to recover better than most crops during the growing stages, and sometimes can benefit from a little stress (this may have been more than a little stress).

Hailed-out soybeans made a full recovery.

All that remains now is corn.  The end of harvest seems so close, yet so far away.  I have a love/hate relationship with corn as a crop that I will discuss more in next month's update.

Until next month,

P.S. You can get daily updates on harvest progress at our farm on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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